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Richard Kuller

Personal Info

Richard Kuller is starting his thirteenth year as instructor of Theater and Dance at PCC, where he has taught Tap, Jazz, Choreography, Musical Theatre and Fundamentals of Acting.  He also teaches Tap at Glendale Community College (GCC), and has staged musical numbers and dances for both PCC and GCC Theater productions and the Tournament of Roses Honor Band Dancers.  Main stage musicals choreographed at PCC are Baby, I’m Sorry the Bridge is Out, The Merry Widow (Opera Dept.), The Apple Tree, City of Angels, Into the Woods, Company (the inaugural production in PCC’s new Center for the Arts), and in 2015, Young Frankenstein.  At GCC he choreographed Anything Goes, Fiddler on the Roof and Once Upon a Mattress.  

He is founder of the PCC Summer Triple-threat Workshop and has directed seven editions of its signature musical revue, Broadway Songbook.  In 2013, he directed PCC's production of the musical Hairspray.  In 2015 his dance theater piece, Cute, set to the jazz classic by Neal Hefti, represented PCC at the American College Dance Association's Baja Conference at CSULB.

The son of prominent Hollywood writer Sid Kuller, Richard grew up in a show-business environment, then majored in English at the University of Redlands.  As a child he was taught tap dance and theatrical traditions by the O’Connor family, authentic Vaudevillians. He continued to study, and eventually taught, dance at private studios throughout the Los Angeles area.  Prior to teaching at community colleges, he worked in the entertainment industry as a writer, director, choreographer and actor.  He is a National Endowment for the Arts Opera/Musical Theatre Producer's Grant recipient, a PCC Academic Excellence Grant recipient, and in 2009 received the PCC Academic Senate/Board of Trustees Adjunct Faculty Distinguished Lecturer/Performer Award.


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